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The Shoulder Physio Podcast is a podcast dedicated to exploring meaningful topics in musculoskeletal health care.

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In this podcast, I discuss the scapula with Filip Struyf, PhD. We attempt to answer the measurement error question and how this influences everything thereafter! After all, if we can't accurately measure something it becomes impossible to prove the validity and lacks any utility in clinical practice.

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Feeling stiff is a familiar feeling for all of us. But does feeling stiff mean our joints are actually stiff? Or is there more to it. Tasha Stanton PhD is a clinical neuroscientist who has performed research directly addressing this question. This is a fascinating conversation and I hope you enjoy. 

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The Nordic hamstring exercise has enjoyed mostly good press with respect to injury prevention effectiveness. That is until recently. Professor's Franco Impellizzeri and Kristian Thorborg kindly and clearly join me in conversation to help us understand the evidence for and against this exercise.

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I am joined by Connor Gleadhill to discuss causal inference. Connor is a PhD candidate exploring causal inference and is someone who speaks fluently about complex topics (must be the smooth Irish accent!). Causal inference is basically the pursuit of estimating how and why things happen. 

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The biopsychosocial model is ubiquitous in modern health care but what is it at its core? Is it accurately described and used in research and clinical practice? To help make headway into these questions and more, I'm joined by Ben Cormack. Ben is a MSK therapist from England who has developed a special interest in the philosophy and implementation of the biopsychosocial in MSK health care. 

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Cognitive biases are as much of a problem as they are fundamental to the human condition. They exist, but can we mitigate them? What common cognitive biases afflict health care? Jarod and Jared shoot the s**t around these interesting questions.

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In this episode I am joined by Scot Morrison to discuss the envelope of function model, as proposed by Scott Dye in the 1990s. The envelope of function has gained increasing acceptance over the past decade and I thought a deep dive into this concept was needed to highlight the potential pro's and con's of implementing this into clinical practice.  

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Evidence changes and so should our beliefs. Peter O'Sullivan details his own radical change in beliefs and research agenda when it comes to low back pain and talks us through what instigated this about-face.

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In this episode I am joined by Greg Lehman and Andrew Lock to discuss lifting technique/mechanics and it's relevance to low back pain/injury. The research in this area is inconclusive so I've brought Greg and Andrew on to clarify some contentious topics.

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Pain is common and vital for survival. Chronic pain, though, is less vital and can significantly impact on the quality of life. Bronnie Thompson, PhD, believes it is possible to lead a fulfilled life in the presence of persistent pain.

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I had a conversation with the wonderful team at E3 rehab about the fuzzy and entrenched diagnostic label that is shoulder impingement. Over the 1 hour episode we discuss the history, inaccuracies and potential negative consequences of the term. 

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I talk to Abby Tabor, PhD, on the interesting topic of predictive processing and how it may relate to understanding and explaining pain. Abby is a physiotherapist who has gone on to become a prolific researcher in the field of active inference.

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Pain-related to a tendon, tendinopathy, can be a disabling clinical condition and it is an area with an accumulating evidence base. I talk with Dr. Alex Scott about various interventions to manage tendinopathy, with strong reference to modern research.

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Greg is a renowned physiotherapist and chiropractor and is well known for reconciling biomechanics with pain science, which, coincidentally, is the name of his course! We talk about pain, the nuances of it, and the potential simplicity in helping people with pain minimise suffering and disability.

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Do we NEED philosophy in health science? Rani makes a compelling case for YES. I tend to agree.

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The topic of manual therapy and its role in physical therapy always elicits differences of opinion. In this episode, Adam Meakins and Chad Cook tackle the hard questions and attempt to clarify what manual therapy does (and doesn't) and where it fits into contemporary physical therapy care.

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In this video I talk with Kieran Richardson about some of the myths and misconceptions surrounding ACL injury of the. The ultimate question becomes: "is surgery a necessity after ACL injury"?

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In this episode, I discuss the scapula with Filip Struyf, PhD.  We attempt to answer the measurement error question and how this influences everything thereafter!  After all, if we can't accurately measure something it becomes impossible to prove the validity and lacks any utility in clinical practice.

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I am joined by the venerable Jeremy Lewis, PhD, to discuss the clinical enigma that is frozen shoulder.

This is a must watch for all clinicians who see people with a "stiff and painful" shoulder.

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